The economic balancing we really need is a shift from big to small business

The UK economy is overwhelmingly dominated by large, and often very large, organisations. Small business is seen as a ‘good thing’ but rarely is its relative weakness seen as a systemic problem. Adam Lent calls on George Osborne to recognise the economic game will be fairer, more stable and creative when power and resources are distributed more widely to more players. So […]

Rapid technological change is producing something analogous to a Marxist revolution

Adam Lent argues that the social significance of recent technological innovations has yet to be fully recognised. Marxist claims about workers seizing the means of production are finding oblique realisation in contemporary society, with digital technology conferring upon individuals the power to design and manufacture in a way which was previously restricted to large enterprises.  For Marx, meaningful change would only […]

We need to discover something akin to the ‘spirit of 45′ if we are to replace our ‘failure state’ with a ‘success state’

In response to Ken Loach’s new film Spirit of ’45, Adam Lent makes the case that the popular narrative of social change expressed in the film is mistaken. The social state established by the postwar Labour government of 1945 is not in decline but rather has continued to grow. He argues that we must now find a unifying ideal, with the […]

Forget budgets – economic redemption can only comes from ourselves now

In the last of our Budget 2013 coverage, Adam Lent argues that much of the contemporary political discourse about economic policy has failed to grasp the limited agency of the state in the contemporary world. Instead of asking what, if any, macroeconomic levers the government could or should be using to generate growth, we should look to a new spirit of […]

Select Committees are becoming the ugly face of Parliament: it’s time to rein them in

Adam Lent argues that Select Committees are increasingly characterised by an extremely aggressive style of questioning, becoming ‘public courts’ where individuals are tried on the strength of their performance rather than on the evidence. This has gone hand-in-hand with a broader mission creep, with their transformed role having thus far avoided meaningful public debate. I have attended a few Select Committees […]

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